This is where TBM Disaster Relief training begins. It includes an introduction and overview of TBM Disaster Relief ministries, including the mission statement, history and brief overview of additional ministry opportunities within TBM.

This is a required orientation for all Disaster Relief volunteers and is required for renewal of credentials. This course is a pre-requisite for all other specialty training. Credentials received through this training are necessary for entry into disaster areas and are good for five years.

Sign up for the orientation and pick the specialty areas in which you'd like to serve. This will give the training and background check you need to begin delivering help, hope and healing after disasters through TBM.

Orientation or recertification is a two-step process. First, register for classes below. Second, complete a background check by clicking here

If you have any questions before the event, please email Cheryl Terry at

Specialty Training Descriptions

Asset Protection Training

Target audience: TBM DR volunteers interested in providing asset protection during TBM deployments.

Instruction in the safeguarding and prevention of the loss of TBM property during response operations, to prevent the tampering or contamination of all food and equipment, and to provide safety for active volunteers. There is no cost to the volunteer for this training. Pre-registration online is required.

Basic Chainsaw Training

Target audience: TBM DR volunteers wanting chainsaw training to work with the DR Chainsaw ministry.

Basic skills on how to safely operate chainsaws while helping survivors after a disaster. Basic tree felling and bucking techniques will also be reviewed/introduced. This is a full-day course with classroom training followed by hands-on training with a chainsaw. Students should come dressed for field operations — long pants, preferably long sleeve work shirt, work shoes or boots (tennis shoes and sneakers not permitted); no shorts or sandals. Chainsaws and safety equipment will be provided. All attendees will receive a manual. Pre-registration online is required.

Box Unit Training

Target audience: TBM DR volunteers interested in participating with a DR Box Unit.

Introduction and overview of the Box Unit ministry. The training provides an overview of the Box Unit ministry, deployment process, and box distribution techniques. Includes discussion on the history and need for this ministry, how and where we procure boxes, and the opportunities to witness to those we minister to. There is no cost for this training. Pre-registration online is required.

Child Care Training

Target audience: TBM DR volunteers who want to care for children after a disaster event.

TBM Disaster Relief Temporary Child Care involves caring for children in the aftermath of a disaster. It is a ministry where children and parents are shown the love of Jesus at a time when care and attention are vital in their lives. This course introduces volunteers to the policies and procedures of the TBM DR Child Care Ministry. There is no cost to the volunteer for this training. Pre-registration online is required.

Fire / Flood / Rebuild Training

Target audience: TBM DR volunteers interested in participating in the DR Flood & Fire Recovery ministry and rebuilding homes after disasters. This class equips credentialed volunteers how to respond to survivors of floods and wildfires by using appropriate equipment and procedures to clean homes and/or remove debris. It covers work procedures, equipment operation, and personal safety issues volunteers may encounter on deployments. This class also offers Instruction in assisting and leading construction projects using volunteers (generally not DR trained) to assist families and churches rebuild their homes. There is no cost for this training. Pre-registration online is required.

Food Handling Training

Target audience: Yellow Cap volunteers who want to work with a TBM DR Feeding Unit.

Basic Food Handler Class provides instruction on safely handling, preparing and serving food per the national food code as well as the TBM methods.  The class also gives an insight on what to expect on deployment from a feeding unit perspective. There is no cost to the volunteer for this training. Registration online is required.

Heavy Equipment Training

Target Audience: TBM DR volunteers needing certification in Heavy Equipment operation.

This course is an overview of policies and procedures for those wishing to volunteer with a Heavy Equipment Unit. Safety procedures are an important part of this course. After the classroom presentation, there will be a "hands on" section in which the student will be allowed to operate available equipment. Pre-registration online is required.

Shower/Laundry Training

Target audience: TBM DR Volunteers interested in the shower/laundry ministry.

This course provides a general overview of the purpose and function of the Shower/Laundry Ministry. It also covers the basic procedures, deployment process, and safety procedures while operating within the shower/laundry ministry including the setup and stand-down of these units. There is no fee for this training. Pre-registration online is required.

Unit Leader Training

Target Audience: New Unit Directors and Update Unit Directors.

For TBM DR volunteers that have been recommended to become a Unit Leader. This training is by invitation only. Interested volunteers should contact their Area Coordinator or Specialty Coordinator for a recommendation. These training events are also required for all current Unit Leaders. New and updated materials for blue caps will be covered. Pre-registration online is required.